The studio can be a pretty intimidating environment for small people. Little things matter in a big white room, with strange equipment and strong lights.

Most people only go to a photo studio once or twice in their lives; perhaps the only time would be picking a wedding photographer.

The flashing lights, the beeps, the big white paper backdrop and the man with the big massive camera can all seem quite scary no matter what age you are (although I don’t think I’m too scary!)

From time to time I have a little customer in who reacts to all of these things. The message to parents is: please don’t worry about it. The most important thing is to make the subject feel welcome. In the studio. There is a box of noisy things and a shelf with books and toys on it that are there to be explored. I allow plenty of time for each shoot so there is time to get used to the surroundings and settle in.

I always recommend bringing a teddy, rabbit or robot – anything familiar that will make the space feel a bit warmer and safer.

There is always time to play games, sing songs, read a story and definitely always time for a cuddle!

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